AT&T Galaxy Note II confirmed in leaked screenshots

While it’s already been rumored that Samsung’s new Galaxy Note II would be making its way to Sprint, a new leak suggests the phone could be making its way to AT&T as well. A set of leaked screenshots allegedly show off the upcoming Note II with the model number SGH-I317, running on Ma Bell’s 4G LTE network.

As expected, the device features Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and sports a screen resolution of 720×1280. What is surprising though, is the fact that the handset is equipped with the same quad-core Exynos 4412 processor as the international version announced at IFA 2012. Additionally, it’s rumored that AT&T’s version won’t feature any carrier branding, with Samsung opting for a unified portfolio of devices across the board.

An exact release date wasn’t mentioned, but the inside source claims the device will launch “very soon”. The same source also says the 5.5-inch beast will be available on T-Mobile, Sprint, and Bell in Canada, too. Without any official announcement, it’s probably best to take this leak with a hefty grain of salt. Read more

Federal judge says HTC patents challenged by Apple are likely valid

A new report suggests Apple may have a hard time invalidating HTC’s data transmission patents, potentially leading to an import ban on select iOS devices. The Taiwanese manufacturer recently accused Apple of infringing on two of its IPs related to wireless networking. Furthermore, the company reiterated that the patents in question “are critical” to the use of 4G LTE. HTC acquired the patents in April 2011 for $75 million from ADC Telecommunications Inc.

“I don’t care if they bought these patents to sue you or not,” Judge Thomas Pender told Apple’s lawyer. “They are a property right. Clear and convincing means something to me. I have to be pretty darn certain a U.S. patent is invalid.”

While testimonies were given in court yesterday, detailed information hasn’t been made available to the public yet. Although, HTC reportedly touted the fact that it was the first company to sell Android and 4G handsets, and was “one of the first with touchscreens”. HTC America’s vice president, Martin Fichter, pointed out the company’s prominent 4G strategy, saying “LTE products were particularly important to our strategy in 2011. We’re a pioneer in that field.” Apple is claiming that HTC doesn’t have proper ownership rights of the patents, which Judge Thomas Pender says is an invalid argument.

At this point, it’s unclear if these patents will fall under FRAND law, which would require HTC to license its technology to Apple for a “reasonable” fee. It does seem unlikely that Apple’s next iPhone will be banned from being sold in the US, though. All we know for sure is that these agonizing lawsuits aren’t going away anytime soon.

Source: BusinessWeek

Android 4.0 update now available for the Samsung Captivate Glide on AT&T

With Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich becoming the 2nd-most popular version among device owners, it’s not hard to imagine that more phones will be receiving the long-awaited update in the very near future. Today, however, AT&T is adding to that number, as it has officially announced that Android 4.0 is now available for the Samsung Captivate Glide.

The update itself won’t be rolling out over the air. Instead, you’ll have to connect the handset to your computer, and download the software via Samsung’s Keys desktop suite. Once you’ve updated, be sure to let us know what you think of the new firmware in the comments below.

Source: AT&T

HootSuite acquires Seesmic, social media management gets even better

The social media gurus over at HootSuit have announced that the company has acquired Seesmic, another third-party Twitter platform. While details are scarce, both CEOs have already expressed their excitement regarding the acquisition, and feel that the move will benefit all parties involved.

“I have always had a lot of respect for Seesmic’s CEO, Loïc Le Meur and the role Seesmic has played in advancing social business.” said HootSuite CEO, Ryan Holmes. “We are thrilled to welcome Seesmic’s users into the HootSuite family.”

“We’ve always been big fans of Ryan Holmes and the HootSuite team, since the days we were all pioneering the Social Media landscape. We’re thrilled today to announce that Seesmic is joining HootSuite, and we’re excited for our users: they are becoming part of the HootSuite family, and they will be able to continue to build their brand and social business,” said Seesmic CEO Loic Le Meur.

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Sony’s Xperia Tablet S now shipping in the UK

Sony unveiled its revamped Tablet S last week at IFA 2012, and announced that the device would be available beginning September 7th. The manufacturer has kept its promise, as the newspaper inspired tablet is now officially available to purchase in the UK.

Currently, Sony’s official website has two different models that are listed as ready to ship. Customers can select either the 16GB version for £329 ($524), or the 32GB model for £379 ($603). Keep in mind both of these models are Wi-Fi only, with the 3G-enabled 16GB version still up for pre-order for £429 ($683). Additionally, the Tablet S is expected to begin making its way to other regions over the course of the next few weeks.

Source: Xperia Blog, Sony

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean now running on 1.2% of all devices, Ice Cream Sandwich on 20.9%

It’s the beginning of a new month, which means Google has updated its worldwide Android distribution numbers. Surprisingly, recent versions of Android now account for a large percentage of the overall distribution of devices.

Ice Cream Sandwich has made a significant jump to nearly 21%, up from 16% this time last month. The bump is due to long-awaited updates finally being pushed out to a handful of Gingerbread devices, which have now dropped from 60.6% to 57.5%.

For comparison, the newest iteration of Android, version 4.1 Jelly Bean, accounts for 1.2% of Android’s total market share. While this may seem low, keep in mind Verizon and Sprint variants of the Galaxy Nexus have not received an update to Jelly Bean, along with several versions of the Nexus S. When these handsets finally receive their well-deserved updates, the numbers should continue to rise.

Source: Android Developers

Motorola Droid RAZR M to hit the UK with Intel chipset

While Motorola may have unveiled the Droid RAZR M earlier today in the Big Apple, it may not be the last time we see an announcement for the new hardware. A new report suggests Google-owned Motorola will be bringing the Droid RAZR M to the UK with a new chipset and a fresh name. A spokesperson at today’s event explained that despite the changes, “the form factor will remain the same.”

Motorola has already confirmed that it will be launching an Intel-powered smartphone on September 18th in London with an edge-to-edge display, which lines up nicely with the company’s statement. It seems more than likely that this is the handset in question, though it looks like we’ll have to wait a couple of weeks for an official announcement.

Source: Pocket-Lint

Nokia sends out mysterious tweet, hints at possible Android hardware

Nokia may be dedicated to Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, but the Finnish company sent out a rather interesting tweet earlier today, hinting at the unlikely possibility of new Android hardware.

The tweet reads:

“Breakfast in New York on a big day for us! Today we dine on Jellybeans”

Does this mean the company is going to unveil an Android handset at its New York City event today? Probably not. But, with the company losing valuable market share and its Symbian platform quickly (and painfully) dying out, it would make sense. Instead, it seems as though the company is teasing us Android fans.

Even if Nokia doesn’t announce some new Android-based hardware in the Big Apple today, we’ll be there for Motorola’s press event. So, stay tuned for the latest coverage.

Source: Twitter

Galaxy S III 4G coming to Telstra and Optus with quad-core chip and Android 4.1

A minor iteration of Samsung’s flagship smartphone will soon be making its way to Australian carriers Telstra and Optus with 4G LTE in tow. Dubbed the Galaxy S III 4G, it will be the first LTE-version of the device to launch outside of Korea with the company’s very own quad-core Exynos processor on board. If that isn’t enough, users will have access to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

The 4.8-inch superphone will launch on both carriers in October with two color options for each network — white and blue on Optus, and grey and black on Telstra. Optus notes that customers who pre-order the GSIII online can expect to receive theirs by September 20th. Hit the source links below for the full low-down.

Source: Optus, Telstra

T-Mobile and Walmart team up to offer Galaxy S II for $300 off-contract

T-Mobile and Walmart have just announced an exclusive retail offer for the Samsung Galaxy S II, giving customers the option to purchase the device outright for $300. Because it’s contract-free, subscribers can take advantage of T-Mobile’s Monthly4G plan, which offers unlimited data, unlimited text and 100 minutes of talk time for just $30 per month.

The deal is enticing, but for just $50 more you can purchase an unlocked Galaxy Nexus on the Play Store. And, while the Galaxy S II may have seen the last of its updates, the Galaxy Nexus will continue to live on for quite some time thanks to its Nexus branding. However, if you’re the kind of person who goes nuts for TouchWiz, then be sure to catch the full press release after the break. Read more